Missing target a blow for Appleby

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WISBECH Town boss Steve Appleby has admitted his disappointment that his side will now not improve on their fourth position in the Ridgeons Premier Division from last season.

His side are now 10 points adrift of the top three clubs, Ely City, Wroxham and Brantham and with only nine games to go it looks an almost impossible task to catch them after a second successive defeat on Saturday.

Appleby said: “The target this season was improve on last year’s fourth place so I am disappointed that we may not achieve that, but I want to finish in at least fourth place.

“We still have a lot to play for and there is still a lot of hard work to be done. We have not been helping ourselves with defensive errors, but the players are still up for it.”

Wisbech are now in fifth place, but have four games in hand on fourth placed CRC who hold a one-point advantage.

Goalkeeper Ricky Lovelace has been ruled out for the rest of the season after picking up a shoulder injury last Tuesday night and Tom Roberts, who made his debut at Stanway on Saturday, will take over for the rest of the season.

Roberts was on loan at March earlier this season and played in both the FA Cup games against the Fenmen. He has since been on loan at Yaxley in the UCL as well.

Roberts, who trained with Wisbech earlier in the season on a couple of occasions, said before the Stanway game: “It is a good opportunity for me and I am really looking forward to playing with Wisbech.”

Appleby also put in a seven-day approach for Downham keeper Lee Brooks, a former Wisbech and March keeper, and he will speak to him this week but is unlikely to make another signing.

Appleby has also tried to sign Boston Town keeper Chris Wright but he turned down a Wisbech approach.

Wisbech are at Wivenhoe on Saturday and Ollie Pinner is expected to return, but Callum Reed remains a doubt. Ollie Gale is having a second loan spell at Yaxley.